The E-Learning Experience

Published on: 6/17/2020

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Eligible Students:

Students in grades 3 – 12 who are residents of Chatham County are eligible to apply for enrollment in the Savannah Chatham E-Learning Academy. Students who apply and reside outside of the county of Chatham will be required to pay tuition.  Enrollment is expected to be 900 students in the first year.

How Class Sessions Will Work:

Classes will be conducted using a variety of best practices for online learning (blended learning, live teacher sessions, self-paced, etc.) components. Courses contain reading assignments, activities, assessments and videos, as well as 'live' class sessions conducted by the teacher at predefined times. Each live class session is recorded, so that students can access sessions for review as needed. 

All students in grades 3 – 8 must participate in the live sessions as scheduled.  Students in grades 9 – 12 that have not demonstrated mastery/proficiency or are struggling to master standards/skills in their assigned courses are required to attend live classes during the established schedule.  Assigned lab days for CTAE skills-based courses will be established for students in grades 6 – 12.  Supplies for at home labs to aid in demonstrating mastery and practicing skills for various certifications will be provided.


The school will operate on a 5-day schedule with the 5th day designated for students to participate in networking and special projects. Savannah-Chatham E-Learning Academy students will participate in learning activities in accordance with the 180-day school calendar.

Instructional Time:

Savannah-Chatham E-Learning Academy students will participate in learning activities in accordance with the adopted school calendar.  The below outlines the number of hours per day for instruction/online teaching and learning/completing class assignments and activities for each grade span.

3rd through 5th grades 4 - 4.5 hours per day 
6th through 8th grades 4.5 - 5 hours per day
9th through 12th grade 5 - 5.5 hours per day

This time includes core subjects of Math, Social Studies/History, Social Sciences, English/Language Arts, Science, Foreign Language, Art, PE/ Health, Computer Science, and other elective courses, as well as, support activities such as tutoring, state testing, and Academic Support Services.  Also, school sponsored non-instructional activities may count toward attendance hours.

Athletic Participation in Grades 6 – 12:

Students enrolled in the virtual academy are eligible to participate in district team sports (swimming, golf) and E-sports.  Students in grades 6 – 12 will have the opportunity to participate on their school E-sports Team. 


The Savannah-Chatham E-Learning Academy will meet the demands of rigorous improvement as defined by the standards of Cognia (formerly AdvancED) and the National Standards for Online Courses (NSQ).  These standards are the road map for the continuous improvement process and will serve as the foundation for the school's accreditation.  SCELA will seek accreditation through Cognia.​


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